20:51 Fire fighters will move to "mop up operations" in Otago tonight after a series of large vegetation fires across the region.

19:06 A welfare centre has been set up for residents evacuated from their homes Dunedin's Saddle Hill due to a massive out of control fire.

17:50 Police have confirmed a person has appeared in the Levin District Court in relation to the disappearance of Alex Fisher in a Horowhenua Forest.

17:34 New Zealander Fergus Chetwin-Kelly is fighting for his life in Cluj, Romania after suffering an electric shock while taking photos with friends.

17:29 Several hundred residents of seven streets near the scene of the Mosgiel fire are preparing to be without power overnight.

Wed, 08 Aug 2012

Valerie is the most organised person I have known in my life - Phil Gifford

Michael Laws speaks to sports writer Phil Gifford about Valerie Adams' disappointment at receiving silver off the back of her near non-entry into the games. Phil says that its astonishing that Valerie was not entered on the event list for the shot put prior to the event. "I am not saying that if that mix up hadn't happened, Valerie would have won the gold medal." "What I am saying is that the Valerie Adams we saw throwing in that shot put is not the person that would have thrown in the shot put [otherwise]." 8th August 2012.

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